Newfound Lake Area
Newfound Lake, once rated among the cleanest lakes in the country because of its depth and spring-fed nature, is still among the nation’s cleanest water bodies, a fact that can be seen by the naked eye. Dozens of feet off shore, the sandy bottom is visible. Those looking for water fun will find plenty on the lake’s many beaches and marinas. Perhaps the top public beach on the lake is Wellington State Park, which features the largest freshwater swimming beach in the New Hampshire State Park system. Hiking trails and picnic areas along the shore have plenty of views. The park maintains volleyball and horseshoe courts, and a snack bar offers a variety of snacks, ice cream, cold drinks, beach and picnic items, and souvenirs. Gas grills are allowed along with wood and/or charcoal fires for cooking.
There are plenty of hikes as well in the area. The Grey Rocks Conservation Area Park access many trails, including the Cockermouth River Loop, Floodplain Loop, and the Sandy Point Trail. A nearby sandy opening offers a picnic area and views to Bald Knob and Crosby Mountain. The Goose Pond and Sugarloaf Conservation Area is near Wellington State Park, and has access via the Elwell Trailhead across the street from Wellington. The Newfound Audubon Center is home to a nature center, boat rentals, and a trail system. The trails lead you along the north shore of the lake with several views to the south.
– Wellington Park’s site at www.nhstateparks.org/visit/state-parks/wellington-state-park.aspx.
Lighthouses- Don’t miss the Newfound Light House at Paradise Point Lodge on Route 3Z in Bridewater and Reed Light House next to the Ledges on West Shore Road.
Paradise Point Natural Area is on N. Shore Road and features wooded trails along the lake, canoe rentals and lodge. One of the better hiking regions in the state is around Cardigan Mountain. It is known for its exposed summit with 360 degree views and a fire tower. This is a must for avid hikers in the Lakes Region. For more, visit: – The lake’s organization at www.newfoundlake.org.
Geologic sites and waterfalls provide so much for the entire family. The Sculptured Rocks Natural Area located in Groton provides a place stop for a picnic and swimming. Kids can swim, jump and slide from boulders, swim in an underwater tunnel carved from the river. Great bird watching, waterfalls and 40’ carved gorge make for an exceptional outdoor experience. In this region you will discover a landscape of historic covered bridges, farms, orchards, horse and alpaca farms and many lakes and streams.
The Newfound area has been welcoming travelers at the Inn on Newfound since 1840. It served as an overnight stop on the Coach from Boston to Montreal. New Hampshire’s Lakes Region is a paradise for biking! The Inn to Inn bike tour combines biking on the Northern Rail Trail with the luxury and convenience of being able to relax nightly in gracious inns, followed by a gourmet hot breakfast in the mornings before you hit the trail again! www.bikethenorthernrailtrail.com.
Special features include the Pemi Valley Blue Grass Festival and the Hebron Fair.